2021 NFPA 901 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    NFPA 901 guidelines enable fire departments and other fire protection organizations to more effectively report data.

    NFPA 901, Standard Classifications for Fire and Emergency Services Incident Reporting, is aligned with the US Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) to help ensure the consistency of the requirements. Used by software developers and end users, NFPA 901 establishes a common language and definitions of elements and classifications used by fire departments throughout the United States and the world.

    NFPA 901 addresses the following:

    • Pre-incident environments, including the fire defense features of a structure
    • Fire and other emergency incidents
    • Post-incident damage assessments
    • Fire service data

    The 2021 edition of NFPA 901 has been almost entirely reworked. Tables have been consolidated, eliminated, or moved to the annexes to make the document more user-friendly. In addition, new chapters on fire investigation have been added to align NFPA 901 with NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. Special attention has also been paid to the most current and up-to-date forms of reporting.

    The standard also includes a classification system for data captured by automated databases, though it does not provide guidelines for reporting systems or related forms. (Print, 170 pp., 2021)

    Get up to date with the most current requirements by placing your order for NFPA 901, Standard Classifications for Fire and Emergency Services Incident Reporting, today.

  • Table of Contents (2021 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 901 Standard Classifications for Fire and Emergency Services Incident Reporting, 2021 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
    2.1 General.
    2.2 NFPA Publications.
    2.3 Other Publications.
    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections.
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions. (Reserved)
    3.3 General Definitions.
    Chapter 4 Objectives
    4.1 Abbreviations for States and Provinces.
    4.2 Abbreviations for Street Types.
    4.3 Objectives.
    4.4 Guiding Concepts for Reporting Systems.
    4.5 Fact Finding.
    4.6 Data Processing.
    4.7 Agency-Specific Classifications.
    4.8 Other Data.
    Chapter 5 Incident Identification and Location
    5.1 Administration.
    5.2 Incident Number.
    5.3 Shift.
    5.4 Incident Events.
    5.5 Incident Location.
    5.6 Business, Tenant, or Occupant.
    5.7 Property Owner.
    5.8 Fire Service Personnel.
    Chapter 6 Property Use
    6.1 Administration.
    6.2 Limitations.
    6.3 General Property Use.
    6.4 Specific Property Use.
    6.5 Mobile Property.
    6.6 Property Management.
    6.7 On-Site Material.
    Chapter 7 Structure Characteristics
    7.1 Purpose and Application.
    7.2 Limitations.
    7.3 Definition of Structure.
    7.4 Structure Features.
    7.5 Compartment Characteristics.
    7.6 Compartment Quality.
    7.7 External Exposure.
    7.8 Perimeter Access.
    7.9 Electrical Service Quality.
    7.10 Heating Service Quality.
    7.11 Control of Smoking Practices.
    7.12 Fuel Control.
    7.13 Obstacles to Rescue and Fire Control.
    Chapter 8 Preliminary Origin
    8.1 Administration.
    8.2 Data Collection.
    8.3 Area of Fire Origin or Release of Hazardous Materials.
    8.4 Equipment Identification.
    8.5 Heat Source.
    8.6 Material Identification.
    8.7 Level of Origin.
    8.8 Occupant of Room or Space of Origin at Time of Ignition.
    8.9 Wildland Fuel Model.
    8.10 Fire Danger Rating Class.
    Chapter 9 Incident Growth and Spread
    9.1 Administration.
    9.2 Contributing Factors.
    9.3 Fire Detection and Alarm.
    Chapter 10 Detection, Alarm, and Control Equipment
    10.1 Administration.
    10.2 Limitations.
    10.3 Automatic Detection.
    10.4 Automatic Alarm Transmission Coding Structure.
    10.5 Protection.
    10.6 Water Supply.
    10.7 Performance of Fire Spread Limitation Features.
    10.8 Performance of Exit System.
    Chapter 11 Fire Department Intervention
    11.1 Purpose.
    11.2 Limitations.
    11.3 Incident Type.
    11.4 Condition of Fire on Arrival.
    11.5 Type of Action Taken.
    11.6 Fire Suppression Factors.
    11.7 Method of Extinguishment.
    11.8 Fire Service Resources.
    11.9 Outside Fire Service Assistance.
    Chapter 12 Demographic Data
    12.1 Administration.
    12.2 Date of Birth.
    12.3 Gender.
    12.4 Race and Origin Coding Structure.
    12.5 Ethnicity Coding Structure.
    12.6 Affiliation.
    12.7 Relationships.
    12.8 Familiarity with the Incident Area.
    12.9 Factors Preventing Escape.
    12.10 Mobility of Occupant.
    Chapter 13 Property and Human Loss
    13.1 Administration.
    13.2 Limitations.
    13.3 Summary Data.
    13.4 Extent of Damage.
    Chapter 14 Casualty Data
    14.1 Purpose and Application.
    14.2 Case Severity.
    14.3 Apparent Symptom(s).
    14.4 Part(s) of Body.
    14.5 Casualty Type by Situation Found.
    14.6 Human Factors Contributing to Injury or Death.
    14.7 Situational Factors Contributing to Injury or Death.
    14.8 Medical Care for Casualty.
    14.9 Activity at Time of Injury.
    14.10 Physical Condition at Time of Injury.
    14.11 Status of Injured Prior to Alarm at Which Injury Occurred.
    14.12 Activity at Time of Fire Service Injury or Accident.
    14.13 Where Fire Service Injury Occurred.
    14.14 Cause of Injury.
    14.15 Factor Contributing to Injury.
    14.16 Object Involved in Injury.
    14.17 Protective Equipment.
    Chapter 15 Prehospital Care
    15.1 Administration.
    15.2 Emergency Medical Responder.
    15.3 Patient Physical Condition.
    15.4 Cardiac Condition/Assessment.
    15.5 Prehospital Care Provided.
    15.6 Medication.
    15.7 Patient Disposition.
    15.8 Patient Transport Services.
    Chapter 16 Hazardous Materials Data
    16.1 Administration.
    16.2 Limitations.
    16.3 Discussion and Examples.
    16.4 Hazardous Materials Identification.
    16.5 Container Description.
    16.6 Release Information.
    16.7 Responsible Persons.
    16.8 Disposition of Incident.
    Chapter 17 Fire Origin and Cause Investigation
    17.1 Administration.
    17.2 Case Management.
    17.3 Personal Factors.
    17.4 Incendiary Devices.
    17.5 Ignition.
    17.6 Flame Development.
    17.7 Smoke Development.
    17.8 Weather Information.
    17.9 Scene Information.
    17.10 Juvenile Firesetter.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Informational References
  • 2016 Edition Description

    2016 Edition

    NFPA 901 guidelines enable fire departments and other fire protection organizations to effectively report data.

    NFPA 901, Standard Classifications for Incident Reporting and Fire Protection Data is now more closely aligned with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to help keep everyone on the same page. Used by software developers along with end users, NFPA 901 establishes a common language and definitions that define and describe elements and classifications used by fire departments throughout the United States and other countries.

    Revised for better consistency with the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), NFPA 901 addresses:

    • Pre-incident environments, such as fire defense features of a structure
    • Fire and other emergency incidents
    • Post-incident damage assessments
    • Fire service data

    This document also offers a classification system for data captured by automated databases. NFPA 901 does not provide guidelines for a reporting system or related forms. (Print, 172 pp., 2016)

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